There are many different ways that companies can help support our life-changing work with young people, whilst also developing and engaging staff. The London office of international law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has been working in partnership with CVC Capital Partners and Power2, through an innovative joint mentoring programme.

Power2 trained employees to become mentors. For six months, mentors offered guidance, support and reflection to young people who have graduated from the Teens and Toddlers programme, helping them to identify goals and realise their career and personal aspirations.

Social mobility is incredibly important to us, from both an altruistic and talent perspective. The T&T mentoring programme has enabled our colleagues to provide crucial one-to-one support to talented young people to help them find the right career or get back into education. It’s also helped our colleagues develop professionally and personally by harnessing their softer skills such as situational and emotional intelligence

Rob Powell, Head of Pro Bono & CSR, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Having a mentor can really have a profound effect on a young person. Being able to gain the space and trust from an adult to discuss issues, identify goals and have someone on their side to help them realise their aspirations can assist with both personal and professional development – as well as helping the mentor develop interpersonal skills that will also assist in their own lives. It’s a win-win!

Maggie Allen, Head of Fundraising, Power2

 Photos from our 'Levelling the playing field' event, discussing the place of essential skills and attainment in social mobility, hosted by Weil, Gotshal & Manges in their London office.